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Christian Benteke’s 95th-minute purpose gave Crystal Palace the final word smash-and-grab victory to beat dominant Brighton 2-1 on the Amex Stadium on Monday night time.
Palace’s two objectives got here from their solely two photographs on course – and touches within the Brighton field – in the entire sport, with Benteke steering Andros Townsend’s cross again throughout purpose and past Robert Sanchez deep into second-half damage time to nick three factors.
The guests had spent many of the sport defending, with Brighton registering 25 photographs and dominating throughout the 90 minutes, and regarded like they might be compelled to accept only a level by means of Joel Veltman’s 55th-minute purpose.
His close-range end, his first for the membership, had cancelled out Jean-Philippe Mateta’s personal debut purpose for Palace earlier than half-time, back-heeling Jordan Ayew’s low ball previous Sanchez for an exquisite opener.
📊 Complete purpose makes an attempt for the two PL video games between Brighton & Crystal Palace this season:
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However due to Benteke’s last-minute heroics, Palace transfer above Southampton into 13th, with 32 factors, whereas Brighton stay in 16th, 4 above the relegation zone.
Brighton: Sanchez (5), Burn (6), Dunk (5), White (5), Veltman (7), Gross (7), Bissouma (6), Alzate (5), Mac Allister (5), Maupay (6), Trossard (6).
Subs: Welbeck (5), Lallana (5), Jahanbakhsh (5).
Crystal Palace: Guaita (7), Ward (7), Cahill (7), Kouyate (7), Mitchell (7), Milivojevic (6), Riedewald (6), Townsend (7), Eze (5), Ayew (8), Mateta (7).
Subs: Benteke (7), McCarthy (n/a).
Man of the match: Jordan Ayew.
Eagles snatch factors from wasteful Brighton
A gradual begin on the Amex in one of many Premier League’s extra casual derbies was punctured 28 minutes in as Mateta, the newest Crystal Palace striker hoping to resolve their attacking woes, deceived Robert Sanchez with a good looking flip to backheel Ayew’s low cross residence with the primary shot on course of the sport.
It was the primary purpose Graham Potter’s facet had conceded on residence soil since January 2, and was worthy of breaking the duck. But it surely spelled out a well-recognized story of Brighton dominance and wasteful ending – which continued till the break, with Veltman and Alexis Mac Allister each lacking alternatives to stage.
A change of each form and personnel at half-time, with the introduction of Danny Welbeck, bought the Seagulls firing once more from the break and inside two minutes of his introduction, he diverted Trossard’s pushed ball vast from close-range.
Even with one other attacking participant on the pitch, it was a Brighton defender who pulled them stage 9 minutes into the second interval, as Veltman discovered himself well-placed to take a free ball from a deal with on Welbeck to beat Guaita at his close to publish with a robust effort.
Brighton’s stats-defying defeat
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With an hour gone the hosts ought to have accomplished the turnaround, however Trossard’s poor reference to Dan Burn’s cross let Palace off the hook but once more.
Substitute Adam Lallana was then denied by a last-ditch Gary Cahill block as the possibilities continued to rack up, earlier than the ex-Liverpool man wasted one other positive alternative by firing over when unmarked.
If anybody was going to attain, it was Brighton. However simply as their incapability to complete video games off has confirmed the curse of their season, so it proved deep into damage time.
With 52 seconds left of the 5 minutes added on, Townsend’s run down the left flank and back-post cross discovered Benteke, who caught it completely to fireplace again throughout Sanchez and into the far nook for a winner each side may barely consider come the full-time whistle.
What the managers mentioned…
Brighton supervisor Graham Potter: “They had been in our field I feel twice and scored two, that’s the great thing about soccer but it surely would not really feel so lovely in the meanwhile, it feels painful. It was a one-sided sport when it comes to stress however they scored two, in order that’s life.
“I did not assume we did a lot improper within the first half, the purpose is from one motion and it’s a must to reply, which we did, pushed and pushed and thought we had been going to win the sport – the gamers are distraught however it’s a part of life and soccer and we’ve to cope with it as a result of we’ve a sport on the weekend.
“When it comes to possibilities created, what we regarded like within the sport, I used to be proud of the efficiency, we have to do some bit extra and I’ve to maintain engaged on that. We’ve got been on an unbeaten run, we’ve to reply now, it isn’t going to go your approach on a regular basis, it’s a must to reply. That is the job.”
Crystal Palace supervisor Roy Hodgson: “We weren’t capable of maintain the ball in addition to we might like generally, however partly once you’ve had a few unhealthy outcomes it does have an effect on individuals’s confidence in that space.
“The again 4 did unbelievably properly, and in the long run we get the added bonus of scoring a purpose within the final minute with one of many few alternatives we created.
“I am actually happy with the heart and dedication the gamers confirmed. Once you get your likelihood, it’s a must to present what you are about, you are taking it.
“All too usually, I discover gamers would favor to really feel sorry for themselves than do what Christian Benteke did tonight.”
Man of the match – Jordan Ayew
In what was usually a thankless job in a sport the place Palace managed solely three photographs throughout 90 minutes, Ayew’s operating performed a serious half of their opener – beating Burn earlier than offering the cross for Mateta’s purpose – however his work with out the ball was simply as necessary.
Solely Townsend made greater than his 4 tackles throughout 90 minutes, whereas solely Tyrick Mitchell, Luka Milivojevic and Townsend lined extra floor.
“It is right down to the quantity of labor he is performed,” mentioned Sky Sports activities’ Alan Smith. “He arrange the purpose, the work-rate’s been unbelievable. His defenders will definitely be thankful for it.”
- Brighton have by no means received a Premier League sport on a Monday (D6 L3), with solely Hull Metropolis (10) taking part in extra video games on this present day of the week with out ever successful within the competitors’s historical past.
- Crystal Palace have accrued their joint-best tally of factors in a Premier League season after 25 video games (32 pts), matching their haul at this stage in 2015/16.
- Crystal Palace’s opener ended a run of 343 minutes with out conceding at residence within the Premier League for Brighton, since a 3-Three draw with Wolves on the Amex on January 2nd.
- Crystal Palace mustered simply 4 photographs towards Brighton this season, the joint-lowest tally throughout two video games by any facet towards an opponent in a Premier League season (since 03/04) however managed to attain with three of them (1-1 in October and 2-1 on this sport).
- Courtesy of objectives from Jean-Philippe Mateta and Joel Veltman, each Crystal Palace and Brighton boast 12 totally different scorers within the Premier League this season – excluding personal objectives, solely Chelsea (15), Manchester Metropolis and West Ham (14 every) have had extra totally different scorers within the competitors this marketing campaign.
- Crystal Palace striker Jean-Philippe Mateta scored by way of his solely contact within the Brighton field, thus turning into the 123rd French scorer within the Premier League, with solely England posting extra totally different scorers within the competitors (848).
Brighton face a six pointer on Saturday with a visit to 19th-placed West Brom, reside on Sky Sports activities Premier League from 2.45pm; Kick-off at 3pm.
Crystal Palace host resurgent Fulham within the Sunday lunch-time sport in a London derby at Selhurst Park; Kick-off at 12pm.